9 Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Forest

Forest Knowledge 

Since some years I roam Berlins, Brandenburgs, Germanys and Europes forests. During the time I saw many phenomenons and asked myself a lot of questions which I googled or read about afterwards. Here is a collection of the most astonishing explications I found.

A One Hundred Year Old Beech Tree …

  • is 20 Meters high
  • has 600.000 leaves
  • it produces 12kg of sugar per day
  • takes in the CO2 Emission of 3 houses
  • evaporates 400l of water
  • and produces oxygen for ten people

Always think of a tree as somebody that makes it possible for you to breathe!


Sächsische Schweiz


The Age Of Trees

Normally they are cut down early for their wood, but trees are able to live much longer. Spruces can live up to 300 years, Beeches 250, Pines 500  and oaks up to incredible 1000 years which makes them one of the oldest living organisms on earth. Go to the article If Old Trees Could Tell Their Stories to read about the moving story of an only 400 years not-so-old oak.



The Soil Is Alive

In a hand full of forest soil are more creatures than human beings on earth. They are the binmen oft he forest and transform dead organic material to humus which becomes new soil to feed new plants who create everything humans need to survive.


The Communication Of Trees

When trees are attacked, for example by a parasite, they produce fragrances to defend themselves. But not only the attacked tree, even the surrounding trees do it. Those fragrances are very different from each other and represent the vocabulary of the trees. Worldwide there are already more than 2000 “words” discovered trees exchange with each other.

Langer See Große Krampe

There is an Antibiotic Atmosphere in The Forest

In a classic needle Forest you’ll find a lot of antibiotic fragrances which makes the air nearly germ free. And even if we as humans don’t notice them, it could be, that we react on the communication of trees.


Shin rin Yoku – Bathing In The Forest

Is a form of therapy against stress and depression in Japan. Our immun system is stimulated by the forest and the effect last up to one week from our last forest walk. Blood pressure normalizes. Forest air has a different electric charge from city air and the oxygen concentration is much higher through photosynthesis. Both is good for human health.

Grumsin Unesco Naturerbe Schorfheide


1000 Liters Of Water

Together with other nutritive substances the tree transports water from the roots to the leaves on the top trough capillary action. When it rains a tree can store up to 1000 liters of water.



Crown Shyness

There is a phenomenon called Crown Shyness which means trees don’t touch each other and only grow their branches to the point that they can move in the wind.

Treptower park


Planting trees means thinking of the survival of mankind

After every war or traumatic event people planted trees. The reforestation represented as a sign of hope, a vision that there will be a future even after the own life has ended. Because a tree won’t grow during your lifetime. I wish todays politicians would be as farsighted as those rangers of the past.

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Foto 16.08.17My cousin and her family in Africa


17 thoughts on “9 Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Forest

  1. That’s a really great and important post which deserves to be widely read. I hadn’t thought about the higher oxygen level but of course it makes sense. There is some concern here among UK conservationists about planting trees as a conservation default, a kind of easy option, because we have other kinds of open habitats that are rarer and which are in fact destroyed by thoughtless tree planting. Yet we also have very little old-growth forest remaining and your post clearly explains the value of such forest. It’s a difficult balance! Best wishes.

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    • Thank you, Andrew for your thoughts. Unfortunately I’m not a forest specialist or a biologist. Just a hiker. I just collected the facts I found interesting myself.
      I think it’s good to be aware of some things (that counts for every situation in life). Please share if you want to.

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  2. I loved this post! your pictures are truly lovely especially the antibiotic atmosphere photo. My son has been studying the “air cleaners” in class. Apparently, if lichen are present the air is being well cleaned by the trees, which is why you don’t often find lichen near cities. Now we always look for it when we hike. Thank you for sharing.

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